Today Cousin Dee & I had one of our Cousin Dates out and about in Detroit. We had nothing major planned outside of our delicious lunch at Eph McNally’s (our favorite sandwich spot). If I am at Eph McNally’s I am either with Cousin Dee or BFB & when I am alone, the host will tease me for dining alone. That’s how much we hit this spot up.
Anyway so after slamming down my Briggs Stadium (corned beef, scallion cream cheese & lettuce on pumpernickel) & some the worlds best bread pudding (with Irish Whiskey Sauce) we decided to go check out our girl Zana @ her shop Spectacles to shoot that breeze for a while. When you go to Spectacles, it is always hard to walk out of there without something but today I was able to resist but Cousin Dee feel victim to one of Zana’s good buys (Zana always says everything in her store is a good buy so we always joke about this).
After socializing for a while with other regulars we bounced so that I could go visit my good friend Famara Touray at his shop and to buy some of his wonderful natural African Black soap.
“Black Soap or African Black Soap comes from plantain skin, which is a natural source of vitamins A & E and iron & mixed with palm oil and palm kernels. The skin of the plantain is gingerly dried to a precise texture under the hot African sun. It is then roasted in a clay oven. The heat must be constant in order to achieve a particular color, texture & smell.
The roasting of the plantains determines the color of the soap. The longer the plantains are roasted, the darker the soap.”
While on the way to Famara’s we spotted a woman DGWB (Driving Ghetto While Black) & fucking could not believe it. Earlier in the day we talked about how we (Black Detroiters) can drive around with ghetto ass cars with plastic duct taped rear windows bumpers fastened to the car with duct tape & twine & anything else. With all this said, I had to take the picture.
CD & I were both like it is wet as hell to here today so wherever she is taking that pissy mattress tom it gonna be wet & stankin’ even more. The mattress was obviously dirty but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do.
So now we are at Famara’s shop talking shit & having a good time laughing yada, yada yada & Famara breaks out with Tafari, did you see me in the paper this week? I was like no & he then whipped out the article, which was on the African Brain Drain & Migration to Detroit. The Detroit News interview Famara on the African migration as well as other prominent Africans in the area. I found the article to be excellent & I was shocked to read:
“More Africans have immigrated to the United States since 1975 than the total of number of slaves who were forced into bondage here over parts of three centuries, according to The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in New York City.”
I get most of my African clothes from Famara who imports them from all over West Africa & I also get my Shea Butter from him as well for my Quench Essentials products. Famara & I have been friends for about 2 years now & we meet when I purchased my favorite indigo blue Dashiki from him at Detroit’s African World Festival. Over the past few months he got me hooked on the African Black Soap & it is so much better than any mainstream mass-produced soap IMHO.
Anyway, it was a good day full of shit talking, good food & laughter with friends.
African brain drain is gain for region
Gregg Krupa / The Detroit News
Touray Kunda came to Detroit from Gambia for business opportunities. He stayed because Touray Kunda Enterprises, his importing business, boomed.
“If business is not good back home, you think, ‘Let me go to America, home of the immigrant,’?” Kunda said.
After she finished medical school in Nigeria, Kehinde Ayeni, came for more post-graduate work. The psychiatrist stayed because economic and social circumstances in Nigeria made it impossible to find work.
“Most professionals still can’t find jobs there,” Ayeni said. “I believe many people migrate for the same reason.”
African immigration to Metro Detroit is at a historically high level, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, having grown by about 400 percent since 1990. The African brain drain is a brain gain for the region, observers say.
More highly educated than the general population or other communities of recent immigrants, Africans are influencing Metro Detroit professions, higher education, neighborhoods, religions and culture.
Evidence of a viable, expanding ethnic community is ample from growing congregations in churches and mosques, to grocery stores featuring African products, to immigration lawyers and social organizations established for Africans. (read more)